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Our forward-thinking teaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities and strong links to world-renowned companies will provide you with the support you need to embark on your career journey. We have a wide range of academic departments, offering short, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the arts and creative industries, sciences, computing, engineering and manufacturing, sport, education, law and tourism and more.

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Around one-fifth of our students come from countries outside of the UK, and each year we welcome students from over 100 countries. Our students from overseas have the opportunity to experience living in the UK, to absorb its culture and language, and to make valuable contacts and friendships. You will gain not only an internationally-recognised qualification but also the skills, experience and knowledge you need to develop a career wherever you choose to go in the world.

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Online courses

We have a range of 100% online degrees and blended learning degrees that have been expertly designed for busy working professionals around the world. They combine the University’s core strengths of high-quality teaching, deep expertise in international and distance learning.

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Student case studies

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what it’s like to study at the University of Sunderland from our current students, and find out where our life-changing degrees have taken our graduates.

Student stories

Discover Sunderland

Delve further into your subject of interest with insightful articles and interviews with academics and subject experts.

Discover Sunderland blog

Other ways to study with us

You can study with the University of Sunderland across the world. We have been recognised as one of the top five providers of transnational education, and work with partners to deliver our degree courses all over the world, including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya and Vietnam. We also offer distance learning opportunities to study University of Sunderland courses in your country, including the use of remote library services and e-resources.

Other ways to study with us

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an incredible experience that allows you to study for one or two semesters of your second year at one of our exchange partners. The time you spend abroad replaces the time you would have spent in Sunderland so there is no need to extend your studies. Plus the credit gained from the time spent abroad will be transferred back to your records in Sunderland.

Find out about Study Abroad

Higher and Degree apprenticeships

Transform your business performance and build your A-Team with our Higher and Degree apprenticeships. Our programmes are a cost-effective solution for all employers and learners to acquire the latest higher-level industry skills and knowledge.


Higher and degree apprenticeships

Short courses and CPD

Top up your knowledge or learn something new with our range of short courses. We also offer a number of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses for working people that allow you fit your studies around work or other commitments.

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Register your interest

Register your interest and we'll make sure you receive relevant information about the subject you're interested in, reminders about upcoming events that are relevant to you, student stories and more.

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Returners to Learning

If you are returning to education and would like more information on the routes available, our progression scheme, open days or individual tours are a perfect place to start.

Returners to Learning

Degrees explained

At the University of Sunderland, we offer degrees at every level, from foundation degrees to doctorates. A degree is a qualification awarded by a university. Degrees are awarded to those who complete a prescribed number of modules and / or credits. Different degrees are mapped to various levels on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Degrees explained

Postgraduate research

Research practice at the University of Sunderland is stitched into the fabric of the institution. For almost 100 years researchers at the University have been challenging themselves and their subject in order to improve society across all its facets - from the early days of pharmacy to the support for heavy industry at its height, though to today's new sciences and advanced technologies.

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